THE NOTE: Huckabee Rising in Iowa

(And it's easy to over-read this, but Edwards is still less than rock-solid in his commitment to support Clinton if she's the Democratic nominee. "I fully expect to support the Democratic nominee and I fully expect to be the nominee," he told ABC's Raelyn Johnson in Dartmouth, N.H. When pressed on whether he would support Clinton if she is the nominee, he said only that he stood by his previous answer.)

The campaign keeps trotting out Bill (and we wonder who the "special guest" will be on Clinton's Friday conference call with DNC members). But the former president hasn't always quite been on message.

"Bill Clinton's growing visibility on the campaign trail in recent days has brought star power to his wife's candidacy, but is also increasingly inviting serious criticism of his presidency from her rivals," The Boston Globe's Marcella Bombardieri writes. "In the past week, the Democratic nomination fight has become more of a referendum on the Clinton years and whether Bill Clinton brought the good life to middle-class Americans or squandered eight years in compromise and scandal."

Clinton won't have to worry any longer about Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan for driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. Spitzer, D-N.Y., plans to announce Wednesday that he's dropping his proposal, per The New York Times' Danny Hakim.

Just in time, though, comes San Francisco with new city ID cards for legal and illegal residents alike.

And the planted-questions story is getting another turn in the news cycle. "An Iowa college student pulled back the curtain on Hillary Rodham Clinton's stage-managed campaign stops - claiming the candidate seemed to know to call on her for a canned question at a cooked-up event that was passed off as spontaneous," Geoff Earle reports in the New York Post. The students says a campaign staffer had a "binder" with proposed questions -- hardly the stuff of a one-time (or two-time) occurrence.

"By planting questions at what are supposed to be unscripted question-and-answer sessions with Iowa voters, Clinton may have fed perceptions that her campaign is too programmed for its own good," writes the Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas. Says Bob Shrum: "It's a small thing that could be a metaphor for a bigger concern for people -- over-management and too much caution."

"In Iowa, where they take their conversations with candidates very seriously, it hasn't gone over well," ABC's Kate Snow reported on "Good Morning America."

And the (possibly) stiffed waitress isn't gone yet either. HuffingtonPost's Sam Stein catches up with Anita Esterday and finds that she still hasn't seen any of the supposed tip. "I don't know if they left a $100 tip or not but I haven't seen it yet. And none of the other waitresses have said they got the tip." Stein adds this "editor's note": "after the tip controversy became a national story, the Clinton campaign returned to the restaurant and left $20."

Here's a title Clinton probably could have lived without in the run-up to Thursday's debate in Las Vegas. Molly Ball of the Las Vegas Review-Journal sees her "bolstering her claim to the status of corporate America's favorite candidate" by announcing a group of Nevada business leaders who are backing her candidacy. (Staffers in Chapel Hill, N.C., may or may not have leapt when reading that sentence.)

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